Dining Outside Davis

If you have access to a car, are sick of going to the same restaurants in Davis over and over again and don’t want to deal with the hustle of Sacramento, keep reading.

Davis can seem a little isolated sometimes, and people might forget that there are some other, smaller towns surrounding us. For those who want to branch out a little from their ritual Davis eateries, Dixon, Woodland and Winters offer some notable food choices that should not be overlooked.

Mr. Taco’s is a taquería in a strip mall in Dixon. They provide the full range of typical Mexican cuisine, including burritos, tortas and various combination plates. The namesake grilled chicken tacos ($2.28), though, are one of the items that makes this place worthy of attention. Kept simple, the tacos are just a corn tortilla that encases excellently-seasoned grilled chicken, onions, cilantro and salsa verde.
pupusas
It’s hard to say exactly what sets them apart from Dos Coyotes or Guad’s, but they are definitely worth the extra ten-minute drive down I-80. They also serve small chicken and pork tacos for $0.99 on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Up in Woodland, Pupuseria La Chicana is a unique place that specializes in pupusas ($2.50 each) – a Salvadoran dish consisting of a homemade corn tortilla stuffed with various ingredients. The chicharron (pork) variety is a bit salty, but the frijol y queso (bean and cheese) and queso y calabaza (cheese and squash) pupusas are incredible. While waiting for food, make sure to ask for complimentary chips – they come smothered in pinto beans and are irresistible.

beef skewersLastly, located about a half-hour drive from Davis in Winters, Ficelle is a tapas restaurant and a true gem. Its website advertises it as “a delightfully random place to eat” — and that’s exactly what it is. The menu, which varies by the week, features fusion items that derail from normal Spanish tapas; the Teriyaki Beef Skewers ($8) and Canelone Del Mar – pasta stuffed with crab and shrimp and covered in a cream sauce – ($9), if on the menu, are two items not to be missed.

Ficelle’s cozy atmosphere and welcoming service make it a great place to go with a group of friends – in fact, the owners encourage table-sharing and the community experience. If everyone picks out one tapa and shares, it’s possible to keep the bill relatively affordable – tapas range from $5 to $11 each. That being said, the best part about the Ficelle experience is the pitcher of sangria, a concoction of red wine, fruit and other alcohol ($35). Word of advice: make sure you have enough people in your group to make the pitcher, and the price, go around.

 





For your GPS:
Mr. Taco’s
2600 Plaza Ct.
Dixon, CA 95620

Pupuseria La Chicana
9 Main St. #123  
Woodland, CA 95695

Ficelle
5C East Main St.
Winters, CA 95694

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